So What’s ChirpHop All About?

What goes on at ChirpHop Studio?

ChirpHop features one-of-a-kind handmade objects and tutorials for making whatever hare-brained scheme or experiment comes to mind. There are always several projects in the works.

What drives the activity here is the pure love of making things... all kinds of things, hopefully some beautiful things, sometimes just to know it can be done. If they can be created from materials that someone else has overlooked or thrown away, even better!

Friends and loved ones roll their eyes at the frequent phrase "I could make that".

I love to learn about new techniques and materials, get inspired by other people's ideas, hacks and workarounds and try to invent even better ways of playing with a medium or fashioning tools out what's lying around the house. To turn around and teach what I've learned is a real joy and sinks the new info into my brain cells, encouraging me to get clear and make sure I understand what I'm doing.

What do you make?

Right now, the ChirpHop Etsy store carries one-of-a-kind resin pendants, some made with original artwork, some made with photographic images from recycled cards, magazines, etc.

In the studio, waiting for some final touches are lots of bowls handmade from recycled paper, using cast paper or papier-maché clay. Once they're cast, they're decorated with anything and everything (paint, tissue paper, grout, beads, foil and whatever I haven't s "Hey, maybe this will work" about yet).

There will also be a line of earrings coming soon. There aren't enough hours in the day.

Where did that name come from?

ChirpHop bird imageIt started with a magazine photo of a curious-looking little bird that always made me smile, and sat around forgotten for years. When it came time to name the Etsy store and create a logo, that bird showed up and just had to be the inspiration.

I took a look at the picture and said "What would you do?". Eventually "chirp" came to mind and it was all set to be Chirp Studio. The logo was made, all the paperwork was done, on and on. I searched shop names on Etsy to make sure the name wasn't taken, but didn't know the search didn't cover any shop name that had ever been used (which takes it out of the running) ... and it was taken.

Back to to square -8. I had to undo some of the paperwork and after hours of fruitless searching, I took another look at the bird and said, out of frustration, "What else would you do?" and "hop" was the answer. ChirpHop wasn't taken, so there you have it.